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Bucs release K Ryan Succop in cost-cutting move

Thu Mar 23 5:28pm ET
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Ryan Succop on Thursday, a move that saves them $3.75 million against their cap.

The Bucs also officially announced the re-signing of linebacker Lavonte David.

Succop converted 84 of 99 (84.8 percent) field-goal attempts and 93.6 percent of his extra point attempts in three seasons for the Bucs. His 384 points rank eighth in Tampa Bay history and sixth among kickers.

Over his 14-year career with Kansas City (2009-13), Tennessee (2014-19) and Tampa Bay, Succop has converted 96.1 percent of his PATs and 82.9 percent of FG attempts while scoring 1,430 points.

Terms were not announced for David, but NFL Network reported last week that it's a one-year deal for a guaranteed $7 million.

David, 33, started all 17 games and registered 124 tackles and three sacks in 2022. It was his ninth season with triple-digit tackles since the Buccaneers drafted him in the second round in 2012. He has 29 sacks, 12 interceptions, 27 forced fumbles and 18 fumble recoveries in 166 games (all starts).

"Lavonte is one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of this franchise, so it is extremely gratifying that he will remain a Buccaneer," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in the news release. "It's rare for a player to perform at such a high level for so many years in one place. Lavonte has made a big impact on and off the field for our organization and is still critical to our success on defense."

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